wiksten shift dress with Telio + a sewing meet up

Sewing meet-ups are one of my most favorite things. I love meeting with talented makers from all over and especially those I’ve been virtual friends with. Star from Wellfibre recently reached out letting me know she would be visiting California in July and was wondering if I would be in town to meet up. I instantly agreed to meet her. We’ve been friends on Instagram for a few years now, and recently started chatting through Marco Polo, so I was thrilled we would get to meet up in person.

I really love Star’s personal style, and the way she puts outfits together. I find myself constantly inspired by her makes!

A few weeks before the meet up we decided to sew something for the occasion, and agreed on the Wiksten Shift Dress. It worked out that we both had fabric in our stash that paired well together and also worked for the Fourth of July. Her lovely sister photographed us together with our dresses.

This is my first time sewing the Wiksten Shift dress pattern. Worried about how shapeless the pattern is, I sized down one size to XS. I also sewed the side seams at 5/8ths seam allowance. I made the long version and cut off about 1 1/2″ off the bottom (mostly because I couldn’t fit the pattern on my fabric).

The fabric I used is this gorgeous white with red and blue stripes rayon linen from Telio. They recently gifted this fabric to me and I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to make with it. It washes up beautifully and is a dream to work with.

I was so nervous this dress would be huge on me, but add the waist tie and it is LOVE! The design is so simple and yet just right. It’s comfortable, and also flattering. It’s also cute paired without the waist tie but for my smaller frame I feel slightly drowned without the tie.

I played with the stripes a little by cutting out the back yoke and pockets horizontally for a little contrast.

Shout out to Telio for gifting this fabric to me, and to Star’s sister, Breea, for the gorgeous photos! This was such a fun meet up which also included dinner with Elise Joy and Alina of Alina Design Co. down in San Diego.

Telio has very generously offered to give away 3 meters of this amazing fabric to one randomly chosen winner. Head over to my Instagram account to enter! Winner will be chosen this Wednesday, July 10th, at 10:00 am PDT!

Panama Tee Dress with Télio

This fabric was gifted to me from Telio, and the pattern was gifted to me from Indiesew. All opinions are my own.

Say hello to my summer staple dress. The moment I laid eyes on this fun Melody Knit fabric from Telio, I instantly pictured the Panama Tee Dress by Aline Design Co. I love the zig zag pattern and also texture of this fabric. It comes in so many great colors too, but this royal blue screamed summer and there was no going back.

Telio invited me to sew something up for Me Made May using their fabric. I also picked up a few other amazing fabrics you’ll see popping up in the very near future.

I’ve had the Panama Tee Dress pattern for a long time, (picked it up from Indiesew forever ago), but this one is my very first. I sewed up a size 2, view B body with my personal measurements being:

bust: 33″, waist: 27″ and hips: 35″

So the size 2 waist measurement was smaller than mine, but the fit is perfect. I could have graded out slightly at the waist but I decided not to. No mods made. Fit is fabulous. The sleeves are fitted just right, the neckline went in with one try. The whole dress was finished in about an hour. This fabric has great stretch and was easy to work with.

If you are wondering, no, I’m not expecting. Just the result of three giant babies. (Suck it in!). I’m a little self conscious of my middle area and for this reason I don’t normally go for more fitted dresses like this. Although, while wearing this dress I felt so comfortable that II decided I’m just going to wear it all the time anyways. This dress is going to be a summer staple for me. There is just enough ease that this pattern doesn’t fit too close to the body, but just enough that it’s still flattering. I’m really so happy with it with this project.

*GIVEAWAY* Telio has generously offered to giveaway 3 meters of this fabric in your personal color choice. Head over to my Instagram for all of the details, just look for this dress in my grid. Giveaway ends Saturday May 25th at 10 am MST.

So if you’re on the hunt for a simple, easy and quick make for summer that you’ll want wear over and over again, this is it. Go check out all of the other color options this knit fabric comes in! Happy sewing!

TELIO + Peppermint Jumpsuit

Hey everyone! I’m slowly making my way back into the blogging sphere, and I’m kicking it off with a killer jumpsuit I made recently using TELIO’s tencel denim fabric. IT IS GOOD.

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I’ve been wanting to make the Peppermint Jumpsuit by In The Folds for a while now (it’s a free pattern BTW) and instantly pictured it when I saw TELIO’s Tencel Denim fabric. I wanted to use a neutral color for my jumpsuit so I could wear it many different ways and throughout the whole year. The fabric I used is specifically TELIO’s tencel Denim, style 33862-01. (You can find it at Fabric.com). It has a super soft hand, and was easy to handle while sewing and cutting. I love the subtle sheen the face of the fabric has too, it adds a little richness to the look of the outfit.

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As for the Peppermint Jumpsuit pattern, there were a few tweaks I had to make but it had pretty simple construction and was a fun pattern to put together. All of the instructions were super easy to follow and understand and the jumpsuit came together really quickly. Then I tried it on… the crotch was a lot lower than I had anticipated and the legs were super wide and long. I cut off a few inches along the hem (I wanted a slightly cropped look), and slightly took in the the outer and inner legs. As for the crotch, I brought it up as best I could but really should have just made a muslin first. Next time I will need to bring up the waist an inch or two to get the desired fit.

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I don’t think I can pull off this look without the waist tie (like so many of you totally can!!), but I love how it looks with it added. I also love the layering factor. It’s great with an easy white tee underneath, and will work through the fall paired with a button up or thin sweater. I’m excited to try mixing it up with different tops.

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You know I’m all for a good jumpsuit pattern and this one fits the bill. I’m excited to wear this a ton this spring, summer and fall. Thanks for reading along, and as always, happy sewing!

Head over to @teliofashion (on Instagram) to enter their giveaway to win 3 yards of this gorgeous fabric!!

Fabric was provided by Telio for this post, but all opinions are my own.